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Paris St-Germain are planning a surprise £100m move for Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, as a replacement for Brazil forward Neymar, 27. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United are looking to make a January move for Leicester City's 22-year-old English midfielder James Maddison, who could cost £80m. (Sunday Mirror)

Watford are considering the future of manager Javi Gracia after starting their Premier League campaign with three straight defeats and a run of seven consecutive losses stretching back to last season. (Mail on Sunday)

Real Madrid will make a shock bid for Everton's 36-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg if Chilean Keylor Navas, 32, leaves the Spanish giants for PSG. (Football Insider)

Manchester United and Inter Milan will resume talks on Monday about a loan deal for United's 30-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez. (Observer)

United will look to sign Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, 24, for up to £20m from Dinamo Zagreb if Spaniard David de Gea, 28, does not sign a new deal at Old Trafford. (Sun on Sunday)

Real Sociedad have agreed a deal to sign Arsenal's Spanish defender Nacho Monreal, 33. (Marca - in Spanish)

Tottenham are increasingly confident 30-year-old Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld will sign a new deal. (Sun on Sunday)

Fiorentina have joined the race to sign Liverpool's 18-year-old English striker Bobby Duncan on a season-long loan deal. (Mail on Sunday)

Paris St-Germain are trying to resolve Paulo Dybala's image rights issue as they look to sign the 25-year-old Argentina forward from Juventus.(Calciomercato)

Southampton are monitoring QPR's 21-year-old forward Eberechi Eze before a potential January bid for the Englishman. (Sun on Sunday)

Sampdoria are interested in signing Aston Villa's Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, 29. (Il Secolo XIX - in Italian)

Fifa is investigating whether robots could replace assistant referees to make offside decisions, given they are already helping the video assistant referees. (Sunday Mirror)


Sébastien Haller off mark with two goals in West Ham’s victory at Watford

Nick Ames at Vicarage Road

For Watford, the danger signs are clear. For West Ham, who knows? A breathless contest, in which defending was a dirty word from the outset, deservedly went the visitors’ way and suggested their evident frailties might be counteracted by attacking potency. That was provided by Sébastien Haller, their record signing from Eintracht Frankfurt, who opened his account with two poacher’s goals after Andre Gray had equalised Mark Noble’s penalty. His new team have their first win but Watford, who will rue an extraordinary miss from Will Hughes at 1-1, remain pointless and must perk up urgently.

A downbeat Javi Gracia knew it, admitting his team “have to be more clinical”. Watford produced 23 of the game’s 39 shots but only three hit the target. Only Hughes will know how he did not improve that ratio when, in the 55th minute, he met Gray’s fizzed centre at the far post after the striker had skipped around Lukasz Fabianski. It was a sitter but, perhaps seeing the ball late, Hughes turned it wide from a matter of inches. These things happen but Watford, who disintegrated thereafter, are in such desperate form that he may not see the funny side for some time.

“The dynamic is not good; we need to improve something,” said Gracia, whose team have lost seven games in a row and gone 18 without a clean sheet. Even then, Hughes’s miss showed how fine the margins can be and it typified an encounter that was frayed, rattling fun throughout.

For a manager it must have verged on the shambolic at times and, during the first of two cooling breaks in the 25th minute, Manuel Pellegrini could be seen talking animatedly with his back line.

His side had already ceded the lead. A minute had passed when Haller fudged a goalscoring opportunity but managed to chip across the area to Manuel Lanzini. Like his teammate, Lanzini appeared to have overcomplicated but salvation came via Abdoulaye Doucouré’s clumsy foul. On the 15th anniversary of his debut, Noble beat Ben Foster and Vicarage Road hummed with concern.

The stadium almost erupted in relief when Gerard Deulofeu clipped the bar but Watford, who lost 3-0 to Brighton here a fortnight ago, were already running the risk of a similar fate. It was postponed, at least for an hour or so, by the fact that this week’s opponents were so loose. The chasms in West Ham’s defence begged to be exploited and they were when Gray, running behind Arthur Masuaku, whipped a fine strike across Fabianski.

Still the chances came. Tom Cleverley twice miscued while Felipe Anderson headed against the inside of an upright from Lanzini’s corner. “The fans saw a very good game, two teams that play in an open way,” a satisfied Pellegrini said, and at half-time the score hardly reflected the entertainment.

The interval appeared to have knocked some sense into everyone until Hughes lost his bearings. “It was impossible to miss,” Gracia said. Haller soon showed how to score a tap-in. It came from a similar move, Anderson making ground down the left and squaring for the simplest of finishes. Four minutes earlier, the teams had stopped to take on more fluids; perhaps Pellegrini had this time offered choice words to his attack.

They were now rampant. Foster saved from the substitute Michail Antonio and, from the resulting corner, flipped the same player’s header against the bar. This time Haller was poised again, converting acrobatically.

“It’s a new league for him and it’s not easy, those goals will give him a lot of confidence,” Pellegrini said. “I trust a lot in him.” Norwich await West Ham next weekend; on this evidence, four goals from that fixture might seem a conservative prediction.


Sebastien Haller strikes twice as West Ham secure first win of season to add to Watford's problems

Ian Winrow, at Vicarage Road

Sebastien Haller took the first steps towards justifying the club record £45 million fee West Ham United paid Eintracht Frankfurt for the forward with his first two goals for the club as Manuel Pellegrini’s side registered their first win of the season and added to the early problems confronting Watford manager Javi Gracia.

Mark Noble, the West Ham captain, marked the 15th anniversary of his Hammers’ debut with a second minute penalty and Haller secured three points in the second half after Andre Gray had levelled with Watford’s first goal of the campaign.

The outcome brought relief for Haller and Manuel Pellegrini, the West Ham manager, but for Gracia, another defeat means more sleepless nights, The Spaniard admitted his side’s run - they have now lost seven successive games in a run that began at the end of last season, the worst sequence of Gracia’s career - has been keeping him awake at night and this display will only add to his concerns.

Noble could hardly have wished for a better way to mark his landmark appearance. Less than a minute had elapsed when Pellegrini’s side launched a counter-attack led by Sebastien Haller who showed great awareness to find Manuel Lanzini when his run into the Watford penalty area was cut off. Lanzini cut inside Abdoulaye Doucoure whose clumsy challenge conceded the spot-kick that was easily converted by Noble.

It was the worst possible start for Gracia and his players although they responded positively with Gerard Deulofeu’s rising shot deflecting to safety off the West Ham crossbar five minutes later, shortly before Issa Diop’s well-timed covering tackle denied the Spaniard a clear run on Lukasz Fabianski’s goal.

West Ham had failed to build on the early advantage and it was no surprise when the home side drew level in the 17th minute. Deulofeu was again involved, switching play to Will Hughes whose threaded ball found Gray’s run and the striker finished with a first time shot across Fabianski.

Gracia’s side grew stronger as the first half progressed with the visitors appearing increasingly vulnerable. And had Hughes not managed to pass up one of the clearest chances he will get all season early in the second half, the Hornets might well have been enjoying a first win of the campaign. Picked out by Gray’s cross come shot, Hughes somehow steered the ball wide from a yard out raising home fears this might not be their day.

Haller slotted home from close range to make it 2-1 to West Ham in the second half

Reprieved, West Ham recovered some of the momentum they had at the start of the game and quickly punished the hosts for their failures in front of goal when Haller restored the Hammers’ lead in the 64th minute, turning home Felipe Anderson’s low cross.

The Hammers' club record signing added an acrobatic second to put the win beyond doubt

Haller’s second then came eight minutes later after Michail Antonio met Lanzini’s corner with a header that Ben Foster tipped onto the bar with the French striker reacting well to bicycle-kick home the rebound from close range.


Watford (4-2-2-2): Foster 5; Femenia 5, Dawson 4.5, Cathcart 4.5, Holebas 5; Doucoure 5, Capoue 5; Hughes 4.5 (Sarr 74), Cleverley 4 (Quina 86); Gray 5.5, Deulofeu 4.5 (Welbeck 74, 6)

Subs not used: Gomes, Janmaat, Chalobah, Kabasele

Goalscorers: Gray 17

Booked: Holebas

Manager: Javi Gracia 4.5

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 6.5; Fredericks 6, Ogbonna 7, Diop 7, Masuaku 6; Noble 7.5, Rice 7; Yarmolenko 7 (Antonio 55, 7), Lanzini 7 (Sanchez 88), Anderson 7.5 (Fornals 78); Haller 8

Subs not used: Roberto, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Ajeti

Goalscorers: Noble pen 3, Haller 64, 73

Booked: Ogbonna

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini 6.5

Referee: Chris Kavanagh 6

Man of the match: Sebastien Haller


Here’s how Pelle may shuffle the Newport pack

So now we turn our attention to Wales and Newport County as the Hammers again set out on a search for that seemingly ever elusive trophy.

With nine points from their opening games, including a 1-0 home win over Newport County yesterday, the Welsh sit fifth in their league and it will be intriguing to see what sort of team the boss puts out on Tuesday evening.

Obviously there will be several changes. In a perfect world there should be no question about us beating League Two opposition but the reality is that as we saw last season terrible shocks can always be lurking.

With strong rumours that Nathan Holland could be included it will be interesting to see if the boss goes the same way as he did against Macclesfield last season when handing one or two of our youth players their chance.

I’m not really expecting that although midfielder Conor Coventry may well get a shout but this is the team and can see the boss using the opportunity to take a look at new boys Goncalo Cardoso and Albian Ajeti.

This may be close to the starting line up:

Roberto; Johnson, Balbuena, Cardoso, Cresswell; Noble, Rice; Snodgrass, Holland, Lanzini, Ajeti. Bench: Martin, Zaba, Ogbonna, Coventry, Antonio, Chicharito (if fit), Anderson.

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Texas Iron 3:17 Sun Aug 25
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The Stoat 1:19 Sun Aug 25
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So Newport beat themselves yesterday then😂

Thanks Alan 12:21 Sun Aug 25
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Sven Roeder 12:14 Sun Aug 25
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Thanks Alan

Sydney_Iron 12:10 Sun Aug 25
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Tomshardware 12:06 Sun Aug 25
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Thanks Alan.

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